The older you get your muscles began to tighten and your range of motion in the joints can become limited. Motions and activities that you were used to doing on the regular with ease, now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make daily living activities that much easier.
Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. There are simple stretches that you can do throughout the day while watching TV, in bed, or even on the computer. If you are doing strength training exercises, stretch prior to and after your workout. This can definitely aid in the prevention of injuries.
It does not have to involve a huge time commitment, but stretching can end up giving you huge results! Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Increased range of movement in the joints
- Enhanced muscular coordination
- Increased circulation of the blood to various parts of the body
- Reduction of injuries due to activities
- Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)
Stretching is important for people of all ages! One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs. Post-exercise stretching can also aid in workout recovery, decrease muscle soreness, and ensure that your muscles and tendons are in good working order. The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely that they’ll become injured.
Stretching comes naturally to all of us. If you pay attention to when you yawn, you typically do so in a stretching motion. It feels good! In addition to that good feeling, a consistent stretching program will produce large gains in flexibility and joint movement. Be kind to your muscles and they will be kind to you!